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PE Volume 103 Issue 3

Dynegy, Nicor Announce Plant

Dynegy Inc. and Nicor have announced plans to jointly construct a 250 MW natural gas-fueled, peak-demand power plant in the Village of East Dundee, Ill. Construction began in late February, for the Rocky Road Power Plant to enter service this summer.

Warning: Disruption Ahead

Three years ago in PowerEngineering I identified what I called "strategic technologies." I listed distributed generation, energy storage and direct-current devices as having the potential to create a paradigm shift (a term I have grown to hate) in the power generation business. In later issues I added electric vehicles and hydrogen technologies to the list because of their similar potential to reformulate the way we think of power generation, distribution and use. I recently discovered a more-de

PECO Energy Co. has been named Washington International Energy Groups Energy Company of the...

Wisconsin Electric is proposing a three-part project to add 135 MW to its Germantown Power Plant while converting the plant to natural gas.

Belle Isle Plant Destroyed

Oklahoma Gas & Electric`s (OG&E) Belle Isle Power Plant was a landmark facility in its day. Built in 1930, the plant housed the first gas turbine used to generate electric power at a utility. Tom Hoke, an OG&E retiree who was a junior engineer at the time, reports that the Belle Isle plant may also have been the first combined-cycle plant, although they didn`t call it that at the time. Due to wartime restrictions and difficulty in procuring equipment, the plant had more turbine capacity than boi

Richard Heiber, CEO; Edwin Norse, CFO; and Robert Young, assistant vice president, took early...

Richard Heiber, CEO; Edwin Norse, CFO; and Robert Young, assistant vice president, took early retirement from Green Mountain Power Corp. Nancy Rowden Brock has been named CFO.

Avista PEM Takes Modular Approach Fuel Cells

Avista Laboratories Inc. has announced a manufacturing prototype and plans to commercialize it for commercial and industrial applications. The Avista Labs PEM generator has a compact, modular and scalable architecture. It is intended to be a source of primary or back up power for the industrial process, commercial and residential markets. The generator will be available for testing by its initial customers beginning in May.

Rouge Plant Replacement Under Way

The 345 MW power plant at Ford Motor Co.`s historic Rouge complex was already being replaced when it exploded. In November 1998, CMS Energy Corp. and DTE Energy Services announced plans to construct a new cogeneration project, to be sited across the street from the Rouge complex. The new facility was to replace the output of the aging Rouge powerhouse with natural gas-fired power by 2001. The Rouge plant is more than 75 years old, powered by coal plus natural gas and blast furnace gas.

2,000 F Coal System Tested

Researchers at the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) believe they set a world record for coal-fired power systems when they used pressurized air heated to 2,000 F.

Mergers and Acquisitions

New England Electric System (NEES) has agreed to purchase neighboring Eastern Utilities Associates for $634 million. National Grid Group PLC of England purchased NEES in December. That purchase will not be complete for several months, but National Grid said it planned to use NEES as a platform for U.S. acquisitions. The Eastern Utilities deal isn`t contingent on the National Grid purchase.

Seminole Contracts Payne Creek Plant

Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. and Black & Veatch have received a contract to build a combined-cycle power plant in Hardee County, Fla. for Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc. The turnkey contract is valued at $200 million.

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